Xbox One Releasing “Later This Year”

Microsoft today unveiled its eighth generation gaming console and successor to the Xbox 360: the Xbox One. The new console will launch worldwide “later this year,” slated for Q4 2013.

This puts Microsoft’s console in direct competition with Sony’s, as the PlayStation 4 is also scheduled for a Q4 2013 release. The previous console generation saw the PS3 release in November 2006, one year after the Xbox 360, which released in November 2005. Despite Microsoft’s head start, a January 2013 report suggested that lifetime worldwide PlayStation 3 shipments have surpassed those of the Xbox 360.

The Xbox One’s revealed release window is in line with rumors that previously suggested that Microsoft was targeting a holiday 2013 release.

Which console will you be buying this holiday season? Both? Neither?

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5 Comments on Xbox One Releasing “Later This Year”

Jay

On May 21, 2013 at 11:48 am

I’m going to go out on a limb & say it; I was not impressed.

Motion & voice controls are interesting, but of no value to me. The quick switching between TV, Movies, games, and apps or whatever don’t appeal to me. Most importantly there was little of value on games themselves. Pre-rendered cutscenes, behind the scenes footage, and the hopes & dreams of publishers/developers means nothing to me. Show me game-play or go home.

Unless there is a very strong showing at E3, I’m not going to be bothering with either of the “next-gen” consoles for some time. First-world problems from having a high-end gaming PC I guess.

SXO

On May 21, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Am I the only one that’s thinking the Xbox One looks remarkably like a HTPC or media PC?

Kevin

On May 21, 2013 at 12:46 pm

@SXO: Dunno about that, but it reminds me of an old DVD player.

lol

On May 21, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Just tell me when I can pre-order. All those crying are just jealous because their parents can’t afford to get them one on their minimum wage jobs so they have to find floors that exist in their beloved (urine) Steam. lol

Hopefully they’ll blocked people from playing used games as well, thieving s.

R.J.

On May 21, 2013 at 2:27 pm

It’s still the PS4 for me. The games that I play on console are either multiplatform or exclusive to Sony, so there is a big incentive for me. Plus, a lot of what MS has said ranges from confusing to concerning. Not needing a persistent connection is nice, but you still apparently need one at times. Sure, you’re not completely out of luck if your connection is slow or if it goes out, but it still sounds like anyone without a connection will be forced to get one. The bit about potentially needing to pay a fee just to let your friends borrow a game is absurd if it’s true. Plus, I don’t really understand how they can deactivate your copy so other people can buy it used without having to somehow force you to to tell them you sold it. I guess maybe the used copy would send some sort of message to you when the next guy tried to install it and MS would threaten to cut off your Live account if you didn’t comply? However they’re doing it, it sounds bad.

And the full install thing is a problem too. 500 GB is going to get used up pretty fast if you have to install the entirety of every game.

At least Sony hasn’t said anything that made me say, “Whoa, wait a minute,” yet.